Utah Legislature Archive

Senate Approves Miltary Property Tax Exemption

The Utah Senate approved a bill this morning to exempt military personnel from paying state property taxes. Senate Bill 116, sponsored by

Legislature Blocks Liquor Sampling

Restaurants, hotels and resorts would have been able to sample the liquor they serve to their customers before purchasing it from packaging

Salt Lake City Tries to Negotiate with Legislature

Salt Lake City leaders are used to having to defend themselves before the Utah Legislature every year. And this year is no

Police Force in Polygamous Town Could be Decertified

Big changes could be on the way for the polygamist community of Hildale. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff tells KCPW behavior in

Senate Approves Bill to Make State Pay for Health Insurance Mandates

A bill that requires the state to pay for health insurance mandates that lawmakers pass onto other public agencies cleared the Senate

Chaffetz: Washington an “Absolute Disaster”

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz didn’t sound at all optimistic when discussing the state of affairs in Washington before the Utah Senate this

DUI Checkpoints Could be Scrapped

DUI checkpoints could become a thing of the past in Utah. HB 140, sponsored by Republican Representative David Butterfield, repeals authorization for

Legislation to Overturn Anti-Idling Ordinance Advances

A bill that bans Utah cities from enforcing anti-idling ordinances advanced in a House Committee Thursday. Last fall, Salt Lake City passed

Legislation to Overhaul DEQ Boards Headed to House Floor

A bill that makes adjustments to Utah’s environmental boards passed through committee yesterday, despite wide concern from opponents who fear the public

Lawmakers Reject Second Attempt to Ban Academic Tenure

A strike at lifelong employment for college professors failed to pass the House Education Committee Wednesday. Republican Representative Chris Herrod's second attempt

State Lawmakers Worried About UTA Debt

State lawmakers are looking for a silver lining in the Utah Transit Authority's mounting debt dilemma. A legislative audit revealed in January

Bill Adopts Latest Residential Building Codes

One state lawmaker’s attempt to bring Utah's residential building codes up to date hasn’t been assigned a committee hearing, despite widespread support

House Advances Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses

A bill aimed at providing more support to military families who are transferred out of state passed unanimously out of the House

Proposal Would Exempt Active Duty Service Members from Property Taxes

A proposal to exempt military personnel from paying state property taxes while on active duty got broad support in a House committee

Senate Okays Cell Phone Ban for Underage Drivers

Legislation that would ban teenagers from talking on a cell phone while driving got the support of the Utah Senate today. But

Antidiscrimination Bill Fails to Move out of Committee

An attempt to get a statewide anti-discrimination law for the LGBT community on the books came closer than ever to becoming reality

Committee Shuts Down Plan to End Daylight Savings Time

Utah residents will still be changing their clocks twice a year. Friday, the House Judiciary Committee killed a bill that would have

Bill Would Create Incentive for Hiring Homeless Employees

Employers would get rewarded for hiring the homeless, under a bill being proposed this legislative session. Thursday, lawmakers in the House Revenue

Politics Up Close: Crockett Runs for Mayor, Medicaid in Utah

Salt Lake County can be better managed for less. That’s the message of former county councilman Mark Crockett, who’s now hoping to

Group Calls on State Lawmakers to Stop Wasting Money on Illegal Immigration Reform

A government records request filed by the activist group United for Social Justice reveals the state has spent more than $85,000 defending

Bill Restricts Use of Tanning Beds by Utah Teenagers

The use of tanning beds by Utah residents under 18 years old would be severely restricted under a bill sponsored by Democratic

Senate Approves Bill to Reduce Class Size

Utah lawmakers are putting more effort into reducing class sizes in public schools, with a bill that would cap them in kindergarten

Anti-Graffiti Bill That Inspired Hacking Rejected by Senate

Utah Senators have changed their minds about a bill that would make it easier for police to arrest someone for graffiti, rejecting

Mandatory Divorce Education Bill Clears Committee

One lawmaker says he wants Utah residents to be more aware of what their options are if they decide to get a

Proposed Payday Lender Regulation Rejected

One new proposed regulation for payday lenders in Utah won’t be passed out of the legislature this year. This morning, lawmakers voted

Controversial Anti-Graffiti Bill Moves Forward

A bill that sparked retribution from hackers on the Salt Lake City Police Department's website moved forward in the Utah Senate today

Bill Aims to Eliminate Gender Bias in Custody Fights

A bill that would essentially give fathers a greater chance of achieving custody of their children in a divorce passed out of

Lawmakers Disturbed by Lack of Funding for Mortgage Fraud Prosecution

A Democratic state lawmaker is taking the legislature to task for giving money to the Utah Attorney General’s office to sue the

Legislation Would Allow Eminent Domain Action for Oil and Gas-related Roads

Property owners in Utah could be forced to sell their land for new energy-related purposes if a proposed bill makes it out

Legislation Creates Pilot Program for College/Career Counselors

Getting students more help with their college and career plans is the focus of one Democratic state lawmaker. A bill proposed by